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Leadership Workshops for the Legal Profession

Registration is open for our 2019 Workshop Series!

Leadership Master Classes

October 3, 2019             Denver, CO
October 10, 2019           Seattle, WA
October 14, 2019           San Francisco, CA
October 17, 2019           Boston, MA
October 29, 2019           Chicago, IL

Design Thinking for Legal Workshops

October  4, 2019             Denver, CO
October 11, 2019            Seattle, WA
October 15, 2019            San Francisco, CA
October 18, 2019            Boston, MA
October 30, 2019            Chicago, IL

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Why Leadership Development for Lawyers?
The legal profession is in a time of dynamic change.  Disruptive technology, new forms of competition and radically evolving client expectations are just a few of the forces shaping the “new normal”.  Law firms need to change how they design, deliver, and price legal services.  Firms and legal departments need effective leaders who can initiate and sustain meaningful change.

Many lawyers and executives in leadership roles have little of no leadership training or coaching. Consequently, they are not prepared to effectively lead practice groups, client teams or firms through dramatic change.

Lawyers are notoriously hard to lead. Leaders need to understand and practice leadership skills to be more effective in leading change, facilitating collaboration and fueling innovation.


Each cohort will consist of 10 – 30 participants.  Cohorts are intentionally diverse, consisting of both lawyers, professional staff, and in-house counsel:


  • Practice group and industry sector leaders
  • Managing partners and executive committee members
  • Client team leaders, committee and task force leaders
  • C-Suite: CEO, COO, CMO, CBDO, CFO, CIO, CTO and director level executives
  • Legal department leaders:  CLO, GC, legal operations executives
  • Professional development professionals
  • Law school faculty and administrators
  • Attorneys might consider attending and bringing their client as their guest

Leadership Training for Lawyers

A highly interactive and practical workshop for lawyers and professional staff of law firms and legal departments.  Topics include: 

  • Changing expectations & roles of leaders
  • Giving feedback & difficult conversations
  • Influence and persuasion
  • Leading high performing teams
  • Managing cross-generational groups
  • Leading change initiatives
  • Developing a strategic network
  • Resiliency, grit and managing stress
  • Growth mindset and culture
  • Developing a vision and engaging others



Each workshop consists of:
Assessments – online assessments to help participants understand themselves and how to lead others.
Experiential Training – two to 2.5 day intense workshops that are highly interactive, using role playing, exercises and simulations to teach leadership skills.
Online Learning Center – articles, videos and online resources that support and amplify the leadership learning experience.

The leadership workshops are intentionally intense. However, several 15 minute breaks and lunch are scheduled so that participants can check email and voice mail.

Workshop Agenda

8:00 AM  Registration

8:30 AM  Welcome & Introductions

9:00 AM  Why is Leadership Important?  

The legal profession is in a time of dynamic change. We will start the day off with a look at the leadership challenges facing leaders, and the changing roles of law firm and legal department leaders.  

9:30 AM Growth Mindset/Leadership Culture

Using recent research on “Growth Mindset”, we will look at how effective leaders can create a culture of collaboration, engagement and learning.  

10:00 AM  Break

 10:15 AM  Giving Feedback and Managing Difficult Conversations

Giving effective feedback is a critical leadership skill for self-improvement, developing credibility, mentoring and building effective teams.   We use the SBI (Situation, Behavior, Impact) model. Participants have an opportunity to plan out SBI sessions and role play giving constructive feedback to each other.  We will also look at models and tips for managing difficult conversations involving feedback and performance improvement.  

11:00 AM Persuasion and Influence; Corporate Storytelling

Participants will gain an understanding how persuasion and influence work in law firms, with role-playing exercises using effective persuasion techniques.  

12:00 Lunch: Leading Across Generations

Different generations have varying views and values when it comes to work.  In this session, we look at how generations differ in how they approach work and how to manage across generational differences, with a focus on managing millennials in legal organizations.

12:45 PM  Leading Change

Participants will take a self-assessment to better understand their change style preferences.  Using the results, we will look at various strategies to lead and manage change in risk-adverse organizations.  

2:00 PM  Break

2:15  PM Leading High Performing Teams

This module introduces several models of high performing teams, stages of team development and skills for leading teams in a law firm or legal department.  Participants will engage in an activity that illustrates these models and leadership skills, and discuss how  they can be applied in their organizations.

3:45 PM  Resiliency, Grit, and Stress

Being a leader in a law firm or legal department is a stressful endeavor.  Leaders need to take care of themselves, recognize stress in their teams, and create a health culture.

4:15 PM  Vision, Reflection and Planning

Leaders need to have a clear, compelling and challenging vision of the groups which they lead.  Through a visioning exercise, participants will consider their personal vision and begin a personal leadership plan. 

5:15 PM  Q&A, Wrap-Up


The Leadership Workshops are facilitated by Mark Beese and Ian Paterson.

Mark is President of Leadership for Lawyers, a consultancy that helps lawyers and executives in professional service firms become better leaders.

Mark has more than 25 years experience as a C-level executive and consultant to professional service organizations.  He served as a Chief Marketing Officer for two Amlaw 200 law firms and Director of Marketing for an architectural firm prior to starting his consultancy in 2008.  Mark has trained and coached hundreds of lawyers and C-level executives in the areas of leadership and business development.

Mark is certified to administer a number of assessments, including Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), DiSK, Firo-B, Leadership Practices Inventory 360, Change Style Indicator, Influence Style Indicator, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) and others.

Mark is an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and at the Center for Creative Leadership.  He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and an inductee in the Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement.  Mark is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and the International Leadership Association.  Mark holds an M.B.A from the University of Buffalo. For more information, read his bio here.

Ian Paterson is Managing Director of Cote Consultants in London.   Ian has more than 25 years’ experience. His clients include Ernst & Young, Hogal Lovells, Nabarro and other top tier law firms and consultancies.  

Ian started his career with KPMG before moving on to become a partner at Andersen, Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young.  Ian was the first Partner in Ernst & Young’s EMEIA region to graduate from their Coach Champion Programme as a qualified internal coach.  He went on to lead the development of coaching across the UK and supported the implementation of coaching across Europe for the Transaction business.  He was also responsible for leading Learning & Development for Transaction Support across the UK.

Ian is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and an individual member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).  He is certified in various assessments and leadership programs, including Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Hogan, NLP, and others.  He is the ex-managing director of the EMCC in the UK, which promotes best practice in coaching across Europe.  Ian speaks at industry conferences about the business benefits of coaching and has written about the development of coaching at Ernst & Young in a number of coaching magazines.

Mark Beese

Ian Paterson